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Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:01 pm
 
Lee The Cliff Lee market is about to get blown up with the inclusion of the Yankees' offer.

New York isn't willing to go seven years (yet) for Cliff Lee as two other mystery teams have done so far, but GM Brian Cashman is gearing up to make a big six-year offer that lands in the $140 million to $150 million range as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports. That would place an average annual salary of $23 million to $25 million on the deal, which would make him the second-highest paid pitcher in history when looking at AAV. Current Yankee CC Sabathia has $23 million on the nose, which Lee likely will eclipse. The highest-paid pitcher is Roger Clemens and his ridiculous $28 million AAV for the Yankees in 2007, although the deal was pro-rated as Clemens signed in midseason.

The Rangers probably can't hang with Lee on the total numbers, but president Nolan Ryan expressed optimism that the club could retain Lee, saying that he values winning which may make the seven-year offers -- depending on which teams offered them, of course -- invalid. In addition, Texas has no state tax which would allow it to make lower offers but still hang with the Yankees on total actual dollars.

Here's Joe Girardi talking about Lee and Derek Jeter:



-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:53 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

I agree, Cliff is legit. There is nothing more valuable in sports than a pitcher who steps up in the clutch.  I will say this though, if Cliff Lee goes to the Yankees, I will not watch baseball this season, other than my Mets.  Just like Lebron going to Miami could ruin the NBA, the Yankees will ruin baseball.  Other than being a team that I love to root against, adding Lee to that already ridiculous pitching staff is just too much!



Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

This guy is the real deal. Move on past his 3.19 ERA and combined Texas & Seattle 12-9 won lost record. He comes up big in big games and in big series. Lee with the Yankees in 2011 will be a 20 game winner and once again come up big time in the playoff and world series. He will not be 34 until August of 2011 and has that Nolan Ryan type of keeping his body in tip top shape. The Yankees laid Lee and maybe a power left handed DH and look out. Love to watch this team. Quality product year after year.




Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

I have been around the country do to my job and I can tell you this... When I was a kid baseball was god... Everyone in my neighborhood played baseball... I look around the country and I see alot of empty fields..... Everyone is playing football in this country and watching nascar.... Baseball is dying because 80 percent of MLB teams can not win under these rules.... Any team in the NFL can win a Superbowl.. At leas they have the sam equal chance to win as the other teams.... Case Closed,...



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Wow Now i know people don't know anything about Baseball. If there is a Salary Cap it will be Illegal? WOWWWWWWWWWWWW... Americas Past TIME will be revoked.. Hate to tell you this but baseball is Not Americas Past time anymore Buddy.....Read MY LIPS... FOOTBALL IS Americas past TIME.... Baseball is taxed. There is no entity in this country that is not taxed when it comes to business.. Except for non-profit organizations... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWW

WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW... That comment was priceless.. There will be a salary cap in the near future... I am not blaming the Yankees totally but I have yet to see a MLB team go over 200 million in Salary... There needs to be 100 Percent Revenue Sharing for all the teams in baseball.. thats when Baseball will return to americas pastime...



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

The Saints always have had a good fan base. Even when they where losing. I lived in Biloxi Mississippi for 15 years until 21 June 2009 when I had to move to Oklahoma. I don't ever remember them having to black out games or anything like that. Any time I've went to any games there the place was packed, even for the pre-season games I went to they had great showings.

On a other note,  Go Yankees!!!

Sign Cliff Lee and think about Carl Crawford also. We need to sign Lee, I don't think Greinke can handle the pressure in New York and the Rays won't trade Matt Graza to us so we are left with having to sign Lee. We may even lose Andy Pettitte to retirement leaving us a big hole in the pitching department. Some thing needs to happen fast, I don't like having to wait and see what Lee is going to do. I hope it happens here real soon.



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

There will NEVER be a salary cap in baseball so forget that idea. The reason? ... BASEBALL TEAMS ARE TAX EXEMPT AND THEREFORE A SALARY CAP IS ILLEGAL. So you remember the stoppage in 1994? Why did it end? It ended because the federal government stepped in and told MLB if they forced a salary cap their historical status as the "National pastime" would be revoked and the teams would be charged taxes. Baseball teams can cry broke however if you look at the teams that turn the biggest profit year in and year out they are the smaller market teams. Yes the Yankees take in more money but in terms of profit they are a mid level team.



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:54 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Example .. the Seattle Mariners received a total of $35 MILLION in 2009, not $1.4 million.



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:53 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

You are only looking at the luxury tax. If you include the revenue sharing dollars the teams get MUCH more than $1.4 million.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:34 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

Ricky I disagree. If teams put a winnjing product on the field the fans will come. Look at the Saints fans that wore the paper bags over there heads. They started winning and now they sell out the Super Dome. Also, when Bonds was with the Pirates they sold out too.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Yankees poised to make big offer for Lee

They do get plenty of money, no not the same amount as playoff tema but again only 25% of teams make the playoffs each year there is no way that the Yankees have that much of an impact as to who makes the playoffs and who doesnt. They are only 1 team, There are 7 other teams every year that make the playoffs. Yes it is a flawed system but everything wrong with it is not the Yanks fault. I only mentioned your payroll error because you seem so primed and ready to attack anyone that may have the smallest error in there post but you need to realize that we all make errors.


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